The Audi RS e-tron GT’s gorgeous powertrain and efficiency, mixed with a easy experience and loads of refinement, make for a fantastic all-electric GT automobile. Nonetheless, the extra inexpensive and higher driving Porsche Taycan 4S – which makes use of the identical underpinnings – is arguably extra interesting, particularly as the Audi’s inside needs to be higher for the cash. Make no mistake, it is nonetheless a really achieved electrical efficiency automobile, although.
Audi’s RS e-tron GT ups the ante by some appreciable margin over the common GT quattro. With a 238bhp electrical motor on the entrance axle driving by a single gear transmission and a meatier 456bhp unit hooked as much as a two-speed gearbox on the rear axle, full with Audi’s e-diff expertise, the RS is Audi’s reply to Porsche’s Taycan Turbo.
With 590bhp and 830Nm of torque it makes gentle work of its 2,347kg kerb weight, with prompt acceleration getting you to 62mph in a claimed 2.5 seconds with Dynamic mode chosen and overboost kicking in (you’ll have to attend a 3.3-seconds to achieve 62mph in regular mode. We all know, what a drag).
After all, as with every electric car vary is a matter, and with the RS e-tron GT’s efficiency the utmost distance you’ll be able to journey on a full cost drops to 283 miles, which remains to be a decent stage, even in the event you may need to drive very conservatively to get near that determine.
Charging is robust although – it takes 23 minutes to speedy cost the 93.4kWh battery utilizing a 270kW feed, or a much less speedy 14 hours utilizing a 7kW dwelling wallbox. A 350-litre boot and sufficient house inside rounds of its practicality.
As per the GT quattro mannequin, Audi has maintained a lot of the Porsche DNA it inherits from utilizing the Taycan’s J1 platform, offering a driving expertise that places the likes of the RS 7 to disgrace.
There’s a crispness to its controls, though the steering nonetheless has that Audi remoteness – however in contrast to different Audi Sport fashions it’s extra exact and simpler to put on the street in addition to going right into a nook. There’s additionally a velvet-like contact to the way it rides, smoothing the floor fairly than attempting to crush it into submission, with the ratio between physique management and suppleness unsurprisingly very Porsche-like given its underpinnings.
Being an Audi RS mannequin the efficiency can dominate whenever you enable it too, and whenever you do it’s a remarkably cohesive expertise that performs to an electrical automobile’s strengths. That’s the prompt response to the throttle matched by a smoothness no petrol RS Audi might hope to match.
At this worth level the inside is a let down, particularly for an Audi, and whereas it’s among the best tremendous saloons the German model has ever made, there would all the time be that nagging doubt that you may have the sweeter Porsche Taycan 4S for much less.
|Mannequin:||Audi RS e-tron GT|
|Battery/motor:||93.4kWh/2x electrical motors|
|Transmission||Two-speed automated, four-wheel-drive|
|0-62mph:||2.5 seconds (with overboost)|
|Vary:||283 miles (WLTP)|
|Charging:||270kW (0-80% 23 min)|